American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall spoke with the Capital Press about the Snake River dams and other topics important to farmers, including a new Farm Bill, climate change and farm labor.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a Trump-era rule that would have significantly rolled back critical habitat protections for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and California.
It’s been an uphill battle for fish in the Deschutes River — their historic numbers have fallen due to the construction of dams and diversions that have disrupted their native habitat. But this year a project to help recover their numbers is finally showing signs of success.
Rep. Mike Simpson’s concept, which he discussed on the final day of the June 1-2 Big Dam Meeting in McCall, aims to mitigate economic and other losses that breaching would cause.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States and its lobbying affiliate and the Sierra Club filed the emergency petition, but they don’t say what the states’ ideal wolf populations should be.
Seventeen environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Spokane Riverkeeper, oppose Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson's $33.5 billion salmon recovery plan, saying it would set a "terrible and dangerous precedent" for the rest of the nation. Simpson tells the Capital Press it seems conservation groups "are more concerned about ending litigation ... than actually helping the fish."